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Government investigator tells Supreme Court not to let Trump postpone immunity case

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Lawyer Jack Smith wants the Supreme Court to stick with a decision by a lower court that denies former President Donald Trump immunity from prosecution. Smith emphasized the importance of a quick trial in the case accusing Trump of trying to overturn the election.

Smith said, “These crimes go to the core of our democracy. A president shouldn’t have special immunity when accused of schemes to undermine an election and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”

Smith argues that Trump can’t stop the lower court’s decision and stresses that delaying the trial would harm the public’s interest in a fair and speedy outcome. If the court considers a delay, Smith asks for a quick appeal and wants arguments to happen next month.

He used historical references to show that presidents should be responsible for their actions, saying Trump can’t point to any evidence from the founding era supporting absolute immunity.

The DC Circuit’s unanimous decision last week allowed charges against Trump for his actions during the 2020 election. Trump wants the Supreme Court to temporarily block it, claiming that without immunity, future presidents could face prosecution when they leave office.

The Supreme Court needs to decide quickly on Trump’s request, considering the timing is crucial. Trump aims to delay the trial until after the November election, while Smith wants a prompt resolution. Chief Justice John Roberts has given Smith until February 20 to respond, and a decision is likely to come in the next few days.

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